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Voices Valiant

A choral experience for adults 50 and better!


Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50.

This chorus is designed for adults who:

  • love to sing
  • enjoy learning through music
  • enjoy the social community that music can provide
  • want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.

Voices Valiant will rehearse in three cycles in 2017-18: Fall Cycle, Winter Cycle, and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of approximately 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group!

Season Dates

Fall Cycle: September 12 - November 18, 2017

Winter Cycle: January 9 - March 10, 2018

Spring Cycle: March 13 - May 19, 2018

Faculty and Staff

Faculty Advisor

Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choral Activities, Professor and Chair of Conducting


Norma Freeman


Dolly Collins


Rehearsal Time

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Liberty School
7265 N Ann Arbor St,
Saline, MI 48176

Fall Cycle Dates

September 12, 19, 26*

October 3, 10, 17*, 24, 31

November 7, 14

November 17 (Friday) Concert Rehearsal 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
November 19 (Saturday) Concert 2:00 PM

Winter Cycle Dates

January 9, 16, 23*, 30

February 6, 13, 20*, 27

March 6

March 9 (Friday) Concert Rehearsal 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
March 10 (Saturday) Concert 11:00 AM in Stamps Auditorium

Spring Cycle Dates

March 13, 20*, 27

April 3, 10, 17*, 24

May 1, 8, 15*

May 18 (Friday) Concert Rehearsal 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
May 19 (Saturday) Concert 2:00 PM

*Potluck luncheon will be held after rehearsal (from 12:00-1:00 PM) on these dates


Tuition and Fees

  • NO application or membership fee
  • $100: tuition per cycle
  • $12: music purchase per cycle (participants keep music)


We encourage membership to be an annual commitment in order to support ensemble balance, and to build on ensemble skills. However, participants may sign up at any time. Participants are given the option to attend for one cycle only, for any two cycles, or to sign up for the entire year.




No audition is required. No prior music experience is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to sing with Voices Valiant?

Voices Valiant membership is open to all singers 50 years and better. Singers of all skill level (first-time choir singers and experienced vocalists) are welcome in Voices Valiant.

Do I need to be able to read music to sing with Voices Valiant?

You do not need to be able to read music to be in Voices Valiant, but the ability to read music is a great asset in learning the songs. If you do not read music, you may want to initially bring a recording device to rehearsals to record your part while we rehearse.

What kind of music does Voices Valiant sing?
Voices Valiant’s mission is to enjoy learning through choral music. This allows us to draw repertoire from a wide range of sources, including:

  • Music honoring a variety of world cultures
  • Music from our American heritage
  • Music from our life stories

Will Voices Valiant perform?
Voices Valiant has three performance cycles: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each cycle includes approximately 10 rehearsals and a concert. Voices Valiant also supports community singing, so every concert will include an audience sing along. Concerts will be on Saturdays at 2:00 PM at Earl V. Moore Building on U-M Campus. We also may schedule additional (and optional) community outreach concerts.

Is the rehearsal space handicap accessible?
Yes, Liberty School is handicap accessible. In addition, there is ample parking.


For more information on workshop registration or other School of Music, Theatre & Dance Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs at (734) 936-2660 or




winter 2014

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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower